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Spooling Up (Chris Badgett)

  • Episode #30

For the next few episodes, Course Lab is going beyond the design of courses and diving deep into the platforms that host them. We’ll be talking with industry leaders about their vision of the future and what that means for you. Today, we feature Chris Badgett, founder and CEO of LifterLMS, a company that helps people create, launch and scale online courses.

In this episode, Danny, Abe and Chris discuss why Chris went from building custom learning management systems from scratch and began building solutions for WordPress®, and how he sees that playing out in the future. The three cover a lot of ground in our first of four special series episodes.

In this episode we discuss:

  • The value of hosted vs. self-hosted platforms.
  • How do courses and platforms evolve as the bar for education gets higher?
  • What is the five hats problem and how does that apply to you?
  • What might the future of online course platforms look like?
  • Danny and Abe’s debrief.
“It’s about having a vision for where the industry is headed, and then building the technology to enable that vision.”

Danny Iny
“A big problem in our industry is Failure to Launch; people kind of get in the weeds.”

Chris Badgett

Chris Badgett is the co-founder and CEO of LifterLMS, a learning management system for WordPress. He helps education entrepreneurs create, launch, and scale high value online training platforms. He believes in democratizing education in the digital classroom and contributing as much as possible to the open source WordPress community.

Resources or websites mentioned in this episode:
Mirasee 
Chris’ website
Chris’ LinkedIn

Credits:
Guest: Chris Badgett
Hosts: Danny Iny & Abe Crystal 
Producer: Cynthia Lamb 
Executive producer: Danny Iny
Assembled by: Geoff Govertsen
Audio Post Supervisor: Evan Miles, Christopher Martin
Audio Post Production: Post Office Sound
Music soundscape: Chad Michael Snavely

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Music and SFX credits: 
Track Title: Bossa BB
Artist Name(s): Marie
Writer Name: Chelsea McGough
Publisher Name: A SOUNDSTRIPE PRODUCTION

Track Title: Grace
Artist Name(s): Shimmer
Writer Name: Matthew Wigton
Publisher Name: BOSS SOUNDSTRIPE PRODUCTIONS

Track Title: Carousel Lights
Artist Name(s): Chelsea McGough
Writer Name: Chelsea McGough
Writer Name: Matthew Wigton
Publisher Name: A SOUNDSTRIPE PRODUCTION
Publisher Name: BOSS SOUNDSTRIPE PRODUCTIONS

Track Title: Coo Coos
Artist Name(s): Dresden, The Flamingo
Writer Name: Matthew Wigton
Publisher Name: A SOUNDSTRIPE PRODUCTION

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Ever wondered how online courses could be even better? What would that next level look like? Those are the questions driving online course experts Danny Iny (founder of Mirasee) and Abe Crystal (co-founder of Ruzuku) in Course Lab. In each episode, they bring on an innovative course creator and deconstruct what makes their course (and course business) work for them and their students.